Odessa /ˌoʊˈdɛsə/ is a city in and the county seat of Ector County, Texas, United States. It is located primarily in Ector County, although a small portion of the city extends into Midland County. Odessa's population was 118,918 at the 2010 census making it the 29th-most populous city in Texas; estimates as of July 2015 indicate a population of 159,436 in the city. It is the principal city of the Odessa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Ector County. The metropolitan area is also a component of the larger Midland–Odessa combined statistical area, which had a 2010 census population of 278,801; a recent report from the United States Census Bureau estimates that the combined population as of July 2015 is 320,513. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Odessa as the third fastest-growing small city in the United States.
Things to do in Odessa
4 based on 293 reviews
We were unable to get a reservation online so we tried walking in. The hostess gave us a reservation for a couple of hours later and that was good for us.
The atmosphere is slightly upscale but loud.
The food was good overall, well seasoned and properly cooked. I got the Short Rib meal but had them hold the Bar-b-Que sauce. It seemed to me a shame to cover a nice cut like a short rib with a sticky sauce. The portion was large and the short rib was cooked perfectly. Very glad I told them to hold the sauce.
One of the men in our group ordered the house special "Surf and Turf" it was supposed to come with a 10 oz. fillet and 5 tiger prawn shrimp. The steak was not a fillet (at least not one like I had ever seen) and the shrimp looked like standard medium sized gulf shrimp. Not exactly what he was expecting but it was cooked correctly and tasted good.
Our server was very attentive. She did a very good job.
The place is making a good attempt at fine dining but they are falling just a bit off of the mark with respect to the quality of the food.
4.5 based on 10 reviews
The French Press Café has high quality, hand-crafted coffee brewed as ordered. Breakfast Quiche is made daily as are other assorted food and pastry items.
Nice to have another place to eat downtown. Good food, nice atmosphere. Same problem here as for most Odessa eateries, need better service. The food is good though.
4.5 based on 147 reviews
I have had them make me hamburger set ups for parties several times. They are always ready on time and the quality is great. I have also had several thing from their menu and it has always been good.
4 based on 179 reviews
My family and myself decided to try this for dinner the food was fantastic! We had the tour of Sicily, fettuccine alfredo and pizza! When the waitress brought the pizza out we thought she had put in the wrong size because the pizza was so massive!!! My food as well as my husbands was fantastic! Only complaint is that quite a few of the employees were very loudly complaining about each other/ bickering. Also multiple employees were using quite a bit of foul language once again loudly and almost every table minus 3 or 4 that I seen had children at it! Third in the amount of time that I was there three waitresses were commenting on the tips left by the customers one even saying to customers face about the tip size that the customers left. Food good, service quick, employees not so great!!!
4 based on 139 reviews
Upon my retirement 31DEC2017 after a 28-year career with the World-class Ysleta I.S.D., my primary goal was to pedal to the home of a former colleague & good friend in GrandfallsTX-USA. I was able to achieve this goal, finally leaving my home in El Paso 23JAN2018 on a 108km/649mile, 1-country/-state “reTIRED Biketour!”, arriving at his home, 03FEB, with extreme satisfaction—and uncertainty about where next. No matter, I’ve got some time not pedaling to figure that out.
Indeed, my respite was not only accentuated by resting my weary legs, but an unexpected treat was motoring an hour NW to the bustling community of OdessaTX-USA for an evening meal out.
I have no knowledge of this big city, but my hosts are intimately familiar with Odessa and knew exactly where to eat: ROSA’s! Being a passenger, I couldn’t disagree, but considering they were giving me a place inside, out of the cold and wind, this meal was my treat.
They knew the perfect eatery; entering we were happily greeted (it would be unconscionable now days for that to not occur in any chain restaurant), selected preset dishes, (what’s in my wallet readily covered the bill & tip) and queued up for the fresh, hot food. The delicious eats were superb, as was the service. This is an excellent eatery, and should I ever pedal through this his city, I’ll definitely re-nourish here, especially since it has my “Wheel of Approval!”
4.5 based on 79 reviews
I prefer to eat a locally owned places vs chain restaurants. This place did not disappoint and I am a major pizza snob. Funky little place, great pizza. Even have flavorings for the fountain drinks. Peach Arnold Palmer is awesome!
4.5 based on 49 reviews
This gem offers terrific Mexican food, cheap, in a bustling, colorful atmosphere. Order at the counter and pick up when called. Very fresh ingredients and fresh tortillas and chips made on site. There is even a salsa bar with fresh chopped cilantro and pico plus a variety of sauces.
4.5 based on 53 reviews
We had a 5 hour trip to be here this weekend for appointments on Friday and coming Monday. We visit this way every 3 months or so. We ALWAYS make this a spot to sotp. The visit I had the Japanese Chicken Udon. I wish I could make this broth. I've trid....it is not the same. My hubby had the meatball Po. The fresh vegetables are something to tstes. The only complaint is the heated Sake was really blah! It was not as good as before or from othe places. That would be my only disappointment. This seems to be a bsy place at all times even after the oil business kinda DIED. AAAAAplus.
4 based on 148 reviews
Ate here with three colleagues. Restaurant has a bar section and a restaurant section and we sat in the bar area. A huge block of cheese was brought to the table with a great tasting bread. I ordered the ribeye which was cooked to perfection. The others ordered prim rib. The cuts were huge. All greatly enjoyed their meal. Highly recommend this restaurant.
4.5 based on 37 reviews
Soul Food. Need more, Collards to die for, check, Fried chicken not greasy, check, fried fish not greasy, check, Corn bread regular or sweet potato, check. Cobbler not overly sweet, check. Look, soul food is southern, these people COOK it just the way my grand ma did. You wont find better. The location is ok, and the actual eating place isn't to impress friends, but I guarantee the food will impress anyone who loves this style.
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